stephanie’s shanghai affair, part one

My sister, Stephanie (whom I call Moose, but never mind), recently returned from an eight-day trip to Shanghai. Since she has her own (fashion) blog at The Naked Canvas, I’ve asked for her permission to repost her Shanghai posts onto our Mei Shung blog. For more images, please visit the original post.

Shanghai Lights

Hello there! Or should I say 你好? I regrettably report that I am back in the States  (i.e., back to reality). I spent the last week visiting my friend Mason who is studying in Shanghai, and the experience was nothing short of incredible.  Since this was my first time in China, I visited venues that equally showcased the glitz and glamour of the city as well as neighborhoods that revealed the humble way of life of the locals.

Street food vendors and shops were aplenty (and not to mention CHEAP)–my tummy got a little bit spoiled abroad O:) In short, I sort of fell in love with Shanghai. A week just wasn’t enough. Anyone discovered a way to apparate yet?

Stay tuned for [outfit of the day] posts! Here are a few of the highlights from my trip:

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2013 is the year of the snake

water snake

Since I posted rather extensively last year about the history of Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival), you can refer to those posts, or this other (non-Wikipedia) article I found, to learn about the holiday or brush up on your trivia:

what to eat on chinese new year

happy new year

china holidays

Just for fun and variety, I thought we could go into another fun aspect that the (lunar) new year brings: the Chinese zodiac!

Currently, we’re still in the year of the dragon, but as this year comes to a close, the Chinese are preparing for little snake babies. Incidentally, I found out through reading Jeff Primack’s Mastering 5 Elements that the Chinese believe so strongly in their zodiac and “mystical” things of this nature that there are times of the year where sales of birth control-related goods skyrocket and also when they go dry. This is probably less so for given animals, but more so in the less-known elemental phases of the earth:








These five elements are what the book Mastering 5 Elements is based upon, but instead of “tree,” some sources prefer to use the term “wood.” Now, Chinese astrology can actually get pretty complex, integrating the elements with each animal sign (of which there are 12 — see picture below) with Chinese philosophy (yin and yang), medicine, and divination (for long-winded, more thorough explanations, see this article). This is a lot to swallow for those of us accustomed to simple astrological signs and traits (like me), so I won’t go into it. Suffice it to say that the elements and animal signs overlap, creating a sort of “compound” sign.

So this year, we are entering the age of the water snake. Coincidentally, this is the exact same time my mother was born.

According to, the Water Snake is:

influential, motivated, insightful, and highly intellectual … These snakes work well with others and enjoy being recognized and rewarded. They’ll reveal feelings to those closest to them, but no one else.

If you’re curious to know more about Chinese astrology, there are plenty of books and Internet sources to calculate precisely what sign your birthdate fell under. (I, personally, am a water boar.)

I’ll leave you with this well-wishing Chinese New Year 2013 video (not ours):

the lunar new year is coming . . .

Hey, folks!

Chinese New Year this year is 10 February — and we’ve got a great special for it running from 8-10 Feb! If you’re down for celebrating with us or taking advantage of this new year menu, give us a call at 773/728.5778 and make a reservation! This is one of our most popular annual traditions, so get your seat while you can. 🙂

Chinese New Year 2013


Thanks for reading and see you soon!

happy (solar) new year!

I don’t want midnight to roll around again without first wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! True to nerdy/mathematically inclined Asian fashion, my boyfriend Anthony (who you should know is white . . .) made us ring in 2013 last night by signing it in binary:

Apparently this all adds up to 2013.

Apparently this all adds up to 2013.

I guess it bodes well for my family that one of us likes numbers.

Are you excited for the new year? What will it bring for you?

If you joined us at Mei Shung last night for your last meal of 2012, thanks for sharing it with us!